UTILITY forward Jon Wilkin added to Saints growing injury worries when he damaged his calf training with England.
The former Hull KR player sustained the injury in the last five minutes of England’s two-day training camp at RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire and has returned to St Helens for a full assessment.
Ironically, Wilkin had earlier been made available for a media session in place of St Helens team-mate Leon Pryce, who pulled out of the camp after aggravating a groin injury in Saturday’s Engage Super League win over Catalan Dragons in Perpignan.
Pryce, who was making his first appearance since last July, could now be sidelined for another two months.
In addition, St Helens centre or second rower Sia Soliola is facing a four-week lay-off with an ankle injury and former Harlequins prop Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook is doubtful for Friday’s game against his old club because of a shoulder injury.
There is good news for Saints in that Australian prop Josh Perry, a close-season signing from Manly Sea Eagles, is set to make his debut on Friday, although he is likely to only be used in short bursts after recovering from a leg injury.